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Rick Davis honored for helping children pursue education opportunities

WCAX February 22, 2016, RANDOLPH, Vt. - A man credited with improving the lives of thousands of kids was recognized for his efforts Monday. Rick Davis is the founder of the Permanent Fund, which pushed for early childhood education opportunities throughout the state. Davis was awarded a Lifetime Leadership Award Monday afternoon by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. See Story [...]

February 23rd, 2016|In the News, Newsroom|

START EDUCATION EARLIER TO YIELD BETTER OUTCOMES… - The recent Picus report on Vermont’s education spending suggests the state can save money by reducing spending on special education. While I agree generally with that statement, we need new thinking about how we get there. Artificial spending targets or extra tutors aren’t the answer. Continue Reading

February 21st, 2016|In the News, Newsroom|

Child Care: A Key to Community Health and Well-Being?

HuffPost, February 19, 2016 - Contributed by Alan E. Guttmacher, Senior Advisor for The Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children. Across the U.S., almost 11 million children younger than age 5 are in some type of child care arrangement, spending an average of 36 hours a week there. In Vermont, where I live, more than 70% of children 0 to 5 [...]

February 19th, 2016|In the News, Newsroom|

PERMANENT FUND HONORS CHILD CARE PROVIDER,  KILLINGTON - The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children last week awarded its first Early Educator of the Year Award to Geralyn Barrows, a 30-year veteran child care provider from New Haven.  The Permanent Fund plans to recognize excellence in the field of early education teaching on a yearly basis in the hope of highlighting what high quality child care [...]

October 21st, 2015|In the News, Newsroom|

Vermont Community Foundation Recognizes Rick Davis for Excellence in Philanthropy

It was a spectacular setting and a beautiful fall day in Manchester, Vermont, for the Vermont Community Foundation’s (VCF) annual meeting held at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home. The event was made even more special for Permanent Fund Co-founder Rick Davis as he received the VCF’s 2015 Excellence in Philanthropy Award for his long-term commitment to improving the quality of [...]

September 17th, 2015|In the News, Newsroom|

Path to Vermont’s Door by Emerson Lynn

St. Albans, VT — Some call the process glorified babysitting. And expensive. Some say it is the only means by which the state can break the cycle of poverty that traps low income students in a closed loop, low-wage environment. The issue is universal pre-K education that beginning next year will be required in Vermont’s schools.   So begins an [...]

July 24th, 2015|In the News, Newsroom|

The Permanent Fund announces grants for child-focused initiatives - The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced a number of first round grants for 2015 to help provide a seamless continuum of early care and educational support for children, starting at birth and bridging into the public schools. The Permanent Fund committed $700,000 to Vermont Birth to Three (VB3), an initiative that works to strengthen the quality of [...]

April 16th, 2015|In the News, Newsroom|

The Next Big Thing in Education: Grassroots Pre-K Makes its Move

Affect Magazine - Preschool is tough enough to get into, but what about the kids who can’t get in at all? Finding quality childcare is hard—and expensive. As many parents know, a child’s early years can set them on a path towards success or struggle, and preschool isn’t all about finger paints and story time. There’s also a big difference [...]

November 30th, 2014|In the News, Newsroom|

Access and Quality Gap in Childcare

Times Argus - Most people agree that choice is a good thing. But when it comes to choosing a child care provider, many Vermont parents may not feel like they have much choice available to them. And that’s something we need to change. In a rural state, access to child care is a challenge We know from our experience talking [...]

November 2nd, 2014|In the News, Newsroom|

An Overlooked Opportunity in Education Debate

Bennington Banner -  There has been a lot of attention lately to rising education costs and how we fund education in Vermont. This is one of the most pressing issues we face. Our costs per student are one of the highest in the nation and our property taxes continue to increase beyond our capacity to pay. One indicator of the [...]

April 15th, 2014|In the News, Newsroom|